Apr 22, 2013 5:00pm PDT
or they were the agent of a foreign power. in the case of al-qaeda and the taliban if you could show that an individual was a member of al-qaeda or taliban then there may be some legal grounds to detain them and try them as an enemy combatant rather than in federal court. but this is masked in legal clothing. it's not actually a legal argument, and we shouldn't confuse these two things. the argument they're making is we should presume from the beginning that any incident involving islamic militancy is some how tied into al-qaeda. as i said, i've done research on this region and this particular conflict for 15 years. while the militants in chechnya have adopted al-qaeda ideology the connection is very slim and they have very different objectives that are very local very parochial and have a lot of to do with russia and very little to do with the united states. >> john: i agree and you're characterizing that as a political approach is profoundly diplomatic. scholar and attorney, christopher swift, thank you for coming tonight. >> thank you. >> john: thank you. one good thing may come o
Apr 23, 2013 6:00am PDT
and tamerlin did watch videos and learned how to make their bombs from an al-qaeda online magazine. the president has invited all 20 female senator to the white house for dinner tonight. no official word yet on whom those may be attending. senator jillbrand will be in attendance. president obama has been reaching out separately to different pockets of congress in an effort to open bipartisan dialogue. we're back with more show after the break. stay with us. rights but still support the drug war you must be high. >> "viewpoint" digs deep into the issues of the day. >> do you think that there is any chance we'll see this president even say the words "carbon tax"? >> with an open mind... >> has the time finally come for real immigration reform? >> ...and a distinctly satirical point of view. >> but you mentioned "great leadership" so i want to talk about donald rumsfeld. >> (laughter). >> watch the show. >> only on current tv. you know who is coming on to me now? you know the kind of guys that do reverse mortgage commercials? those types are coming on to me all the time now.
Apr 19, 2013 6:00am PDT
york post" of radio, but the headline is boston bombing suspect posted video on al-qaeda prophecy on youtube. >> yeah, the older brother, the one that was killed last night, 26 years old, his name was tamerlin tsarnaev. they were both russian-born chef kneeians. the older one was apparently a competitive boxer for a club named team lowell. and he was a member of a team that won the golden globe championship. he had been boxing apparently for almost eight years, and he is quoted as saying that -- in a newspaper article about this mix mixed marshall arts center where he trained, he says that he does [ inaudible ] god said no alcohol. the article that describes him as a devout muslim and he says there are no values anymore and he worries that people can't control themselves. he doesn't usually take his short off because he doesn't want girls to get bad ideas and he is very religious. the loves the movie boreat even though he thinks some of the jokes are too much. he said he would rather fight for the united states than russian in the olympics. so clearly this guy